The Adirondack Park's unique (at Least in the United States) combination of public and private Lands combined with the Adirondack Park Agency Act and the State Land Master Plan that set overarching policies for the Park's management call for more complex Land use decisions than those required in the management of traditional public parks. The quality of decisions that are made regulating development in the Park will depend upon the quality of information available about the impacts of development on the natural environment and the trade-off among users' desires, economic costs and benefits and ecological Losses. This paper cites examples of research needed to supply adequate information, urges the research community to explore these needs, and addresses some institutional short-comings in supporting needed research.



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